Volvo Cars becomes founding member of Accelerating to Zero Coalition, calls for more climate action from governments

The Accelerating to Zero Coalition consists of a broad group of stakeholders committed to facilitating and increasing the pace of the transition to zero emission mobility.

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Volvo Cars is joining the Accelerating to Zero Coalition, which launched at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. During COP27 Volvo Cars also called on countries to step up their own climate action and meet the threat of global warming.

The Accelerating to Zero Coalition consists of a broad group of stakeholders committed to facilitating and increasing the pace of the transition to zero emission mobility.

It builds on last year’s Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Vehicles at COP26. Signatories committed to work towards making 100 per cent of global car and van sales free of tailpipe emissions by 2040, and no later than 2035 in leading markets (Europe, China, Japan, and the US). The formation of the Coalition addresses the need for an international platform for global zero tailpipe emission vehicle (ZEV) leadership. Through close collaboration, it aims to help create the right conditions to boost zero tailpipe emission cars and vans, including the electrification of corporate fleets and the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure.

Volvo Cars chief executive Jim Rowan will welcome its formation and collaborative approach as part of the Coalition launch during COP27 and encourage more manufacturers to sign the Declaration and join the Coalition.

With its ambition to be a fully electric car company by 2030, Volvo Cars intends to influence the pace of the automotive industry’s transition to full electrification.

“Combustion engines are technology of the past and we must abandon them if we are to meet the greatest threat facing humanity – climate change,” says Rowan.

The announcement comes a week after the launch of Volvo Cars’ new fully electric flagship, the Volvo EX90. The company intends to launch one new electric car every year in the coming years. Separately, Volvo Cars joined over 200 other businesses and civil society organizations in signing a call, organized by the We Mean Business Coalition, on national governments to increase their climate ambition and delivery.

So far only 29 out of 194 countries have done so after COP26, despite pledging to do so under the Glasgow Climate Pact. The call makes clear that 1.5 degrees of global warming is a limit rather than a target, and that urgent national action is essential if the world is not to exceed this limit.

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